D.C. United 1, Sporting Kansas City 0


With Davy Arnaud looking on, Eric Kronberg can’t reach Fabian Espindola’s shot after misjudging the distant strike in the 28th minute. (By Tony Quinn)

D.C. United extended its unbeaten streak at RFK Stadium to seven with a 1-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City on Saturday, pulling the club into second place in MLS’s Eastern Conference and back within two points of front-running New England. Fabian Espindola scored his seventh goal of the campaign, an intended cross to the back post that caught goalkeeper Eric Kronberg stepping forward instead of back and floated into the top corner. United (6-4-3) has lost twice in the past 11 outings and conceded two goals in the last six home matches. Kansas City (5-5-4) is 0-3-2 in the last five matches and remains without World Cup-bound Graham Zusi and Matt Besler.

Attendance: season-high 18,522.

Post colleague Roman Stubbs filed this match report.

Next: Columbus Crew next Saturday at FedEx Field, starting at approximately 6:30 p.m. (following the Spain-El Salvador friendly at 4 o’clock).

United’s Jared Jeffrey and Kyle Porter scored in the Richmond Kickers’ 3-2 victory over the Harrisburg City Islanders.

Espindola’s goal:

Steven Goff is The Post’s soccer writer. His beats include D.C. United, MLS and the international game, as well as local college basketball.
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